A new NHS initiative aims to produce a faster diagnosis for people with brain and nervous disorders.

It is also hoped that this will reduce thousands of emergency hospitalizations a year.

A toolkit has been produced by the NHS and seven charities to help local services improve care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), motor neuropathy (MND) and Parkinson's.

It is hoped that this will prevent up to 2,500 emergency admissions to the hospital each year, thus saving up to £ 10 million that can be reinvested in the hospital. NHS.

The toolkit will recommend the deployment of rapid blood tests and appointments with consultants via Skype.

Dawn Chamberlain, NHS England Clinical Improvement Program Director and NHS Improvement, said, "This is an opportunity for the NHS to work directly with patients and their families to provide better care closer to home. to thousands of people with progressive neurological disorders.

"As they work with staff, patients, and stakeholders to implement the NHS long-term plan, this toolkit provides the information that local health leaders need to understand how to deliver." high quality neurology services.

"Many regions are already providing high-quality care that is in line with best practice, and by helping others meet the same standards, we can provide faster, more consistent, and better care for thousands more people. helping to stay healthy in their own homes ".

The initiative will address clinical commissioning groups to help them diagnose and treat progressive neurological conditions more quickly and improve access to specialized physical and mental health care.

Affected individuals will be better able to manage their symptoms at home and make a more active decision about treatment.

Steve Ford, CEO of Parkinson's UK, said: "For too long, services have neglected progressive neurological diseases.It is as dangerous as unfair to put people at greater risk simply because of the nature of their disease.

"We urge all clinical commissioning groups to work with charities and implement the new toolkit, so that they can make the changes so desperately needed to reduce admissions to the community." hospital and achieve these vital cost savings. "

One patient, Claire Plackett, from Croydon, South London, waited 17 years for her syndrome to be correctly diagnosed.

She is currently being treated in the Multiple Sclerosis Department of St George's University Hospitals in South West London, and cited in the new toolbox as an example of good practice.

"I do blood tests every three months to make sure my meds work, but I always had to be in the general queue, it took hours and hours and was physically very stressful.

"But now, two days a week, a phlebotomist for MS is taking blood only for MS patients – service is extremely important to me because it makes life so much easier."

The Progressive Neurological Disease Toolkit was created with the NHS RightScare Team, the Parkinson Society in the UK, the MS Trust, the MND Association, Sue Ryder, the MSA Trust and the PSP association.